How To Apply
Download the award nomination form of your choice, and carefully read over the descriptions and criteria.
Be sure to answer each criterion to the best of your ability. Every answer must be labelled with the appropriate question number or letter. Submissions will be accepted in sentence, paragraph or point form. Written submissions must not exceed five (5) pages.
Print five (5) copies of your nomination and five (5) copies of your nomination checklist (signed and attached to each copy as a cover page).
Mail your submission to: Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) c/o Taylor Poelman, 439 University Avenue, Suite 1400, Toronto, ON M5G 1Y8.
Nominations must be received no later than Friday, June 30, 2017. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt, or if you have any questions, please contact Taylor Poelman at email@example.com or 416-483-1691
Tourism Innovator of the Year
Recognizes an organization or individual that created a new innovative product, policy or service to promote and enhance tourism in their local community, region or the province of Ontario.
Tourism Event of the Year
Presented to an event or festival that exemplifies industry best practices in all aspects of its operation. Entries are open to the following types of events: cultural, musical, sporting, culinary and more.
Tourism Champion of the Year
Given to an individual who embodies the spirit of tourism in Ontario. This person should be directly involved with the industry, and be able to give evidence of their contributions.
Tourism Employer of the Year
Recognizes an organization or business that has developed an admirable reputation as a great place to work and as an upstanding example of Ontario’s tourism industry.
Sustainable Tourism Award
Recognizes a business, individual or initiative that makes a viable and maintainable contribution to the practice and promotion of sustainable tourism in Ontario.
Accessible Tourism Award
Highlights an outstanding accessible business that complies with Ontario Accessibility standards, and is recognized by employees and customers as a leader in providing inclusive experiences for tourists.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and promotion of the tourism industry in Ontario. Whether through business ventures, efforts towards the sustainability of the industry, or raising awareness of Ontario as a tourism destination, this person’s contributions must have benefitted tourism in the province. Their contributions must also have resulted in positive outcomes for the social, economic, natural or cultural environment in which they have operated.